Here’s the first, an Introduction, to a series of Blogs on How to Practise: Carnival of Venice…
Few would argue that Carnival of Venice by Jean Baptiste Arban is one of the Airs and Variations they would like to play. BUT it really does take a lot of work.
This App is designed to give you the practice tools that will make your practice sessions as efficient as possible; so that you make organised , steady progress.
One off the mantras is that to play fast you practise slow. Carnival is certainly the place to put this into practice and this App gives you facilities to practise all the Variations slowly at first and build up to the speeds that are suitable for your ability and your interpretation of the piece.
To help choose the tempi we should include, I analysed recordings of Carnival by Wynton Marsalis, Maurice Andre and the American Navy Band and have included the range of tempi used by them.
For instance Wynton Marsalis takes Variation 4 at 100 bpm. You could aim to practise to……
Maurice Andre 85 bpm …a little slower…perhaps he preferred it musically that speed:
Using the App you can build up to your tempo from 30 bpm:
Why not go through the tempi…here’s 40 bpm:
Don’t move on until you are absolutely in control…here’s 50 bpm:
Last one 80 bpm…85 and 1§00 are above remember….oh and the App has 95… at these tempi a slight difference makes for control or uncontrollably….always be in control….and musical.